Canellaceae species from the West Indies, specially the widespread Canella winterana Gaertn.
Some species of Canellaceae are also used to catch octopus, Cinnamodendron ekmanii (Salazar, 2006), and fish, Canella winterana (Liogier, 2000).
The family Canellaceae was published in 1832 by Martius with Canella as described by Browne in 1756 as the sole genus.
Until relatively recently, the Canellaceae have been assigned either to the Parietales (Warburg, 1895; Gilg, 1925; Lawrence, 1951), Annonales (Dahlgren, 1983), or to the Magnoliales (Bonnet, 1876; Takhtajan, 1981; Cronquist, 1988).
Members of the Canellaceae form a monophyletic group, which share several synapomorphies such as monadelphous stamens, parietal placentation, and campylotropous ovules (Salazar, 2006).
However, a recent molecular cladistic analysis of the Canellaceae based on ITS, matK, trnL-trnF, trn[D.